Rostrum: “Idle Curiosity” Edition
The leader of our open and transparent government, Tony Abbott has likened the fight against people-smugglers and asylum seekers to “war,” while defending the detention centres asylum-seekers are locked up in as “effective” and “humanely run.”
Indonesian officials say the Australian navy has turned back at least one boat carrying asylum-seekers to its shores, while The Gutter Filth (our sister publication) reports that as many as five have been secretly returned.
The Coalition refuses to reveal details of the incidents or other “operational matters”, sparking claims from critics and other meddling do-gooders that it is running an orchestrated “Stalinist”-style media blackout.
“In the end, we are in a fierce contest with these people-smugglers,” the Prime Minister told The Gutter Trash this morning.
“And if we were at war, we wouldn’t be giving out information that is of use to the enemy just because we might have an idle curiosity about it ourselves.”
I mean why can’t people just STFU?
Mr Abbott said he would not release information which would be exploited by people-smugglers to the peril of their customers “and to the tremendous disadvantage of our country”.
The Coalition’s policy to tow back boats to Indonesia has annoyed Jakarta a bit, which has warned it will breach Indonesian territorial sovereignty.
Human Rights groups have strongly criticised the offshore detention centres as harsh and the process under which the asylum-seekers are dealt with, but Mr Abbott defended them.
NOT FIVE STAR HOTELS
“We don’t apologise for the fact that they’re not five-star or even three-star hotels, nevertheless we are confident that we are well and truly discharging our humanitarian obligations,” he said.
GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM
“People are housed, they’re clothed, they’re fed, they’re given medical attention. They’re kept as safe as we can make it for them. But we want them to go back to the country from which they came.”